The world on this day, September 10, marks world suicide prevention day in an attempt to reduce suicide rates globally.
According to reliable sources, although the number of people worldwide who die from suicide is declining, one person still kills themselves every 40 seconds.
The World Health Organization confirmed the data, asking countries to do more to stop these preventable deaths.
WHO said close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. This was more than those lost to malaria, breast cancer, or war and homicide.
Suicide rates were higher than the global, age-standardized average — 10.5 per 100,000 people — in Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Worldwide, more men killed themselves than women, WHO said, with 7.5 suicide deaths per 100,000 women and 13.7 suicides per 100,000 men. Bangladesh, China, Lesotho, Morocco, and Myanmar were the exception.
“While 79% of the world’s suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries, high-income countries had the highest rate, at 11.5 per 100,000” people, WHO said.
“Suicide was the second-leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury. Among teens aged 15-19 years, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among girls (after maternal conditions) and the third-leading cause of death in boys, after road injury and interpersonal violence.”